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Cree Smithers: Understanding the details—from martial arts to math


Cree Smithers finds similar processes and aspects within his dedication to martial arts and mathematics. Phoenix Kanada | Photo Editor | [email protected]

Cree Smithers: Understanding the details—from martial arts to math

A small army of children stand at attention, barefoot on blue padded mats, all of them wearing white karate uniforms that read “Inspire” on their backs. They are all focused on the man standing at the front of the room, who is leading the class at Inspire Martial Arts.

Cree Smithers, 24, head instructor and floor manager at Inspire Martial Arts, has just finished administering to his young students a black belt testing. Kajukenbo, practical self-defense and traditional martial arts are also taught.

An instructor at Inspire for nine years, Smithers is also pursuing a mathematics degree for transfer at City College.

“It was something that I could really visualize and I could understand,” says Smithers of the major he chose. “That might have something to do with a link to martial arts too, where every movement has a purpose and I can see why it works and how it works.”

Details and processes are the foundations that link Smithers’ passion for martial arts and math.

“Every step or every motion you make,” Smithers says, “you’re looking at every little detail, every move. You have to have that small attention to detail. In terms of math, I see it, too.” “Whatever process you are taking, you have to make sure the smallest little details are right to come to the correct conclusion,” says Smithers, “the finalized product of what you envision as a martial artist.”

Smithers’ girlfriend, Ari Yeung, trained at Inspire for 12 years, and also worked the front desk for four years. Yeung can vouch for the connection between math and martial arts.

“There’s a lot of things to pay attention to in karate,” she says. “You learn your basics and you build them into something bigger. So every form starts with punches and kicks and knowing your stances, and then you build them up into this bigger thing. And a lot of that translates over to math where you learn very simple steps of adding, subtracting and numbers, and then you build that into larger equations and larger ideas.”

Smithers has been immersed in martial arts for most of his life.

“I started when I was 5,” he says. “I trained and started helping with classes when I was 7, because it was a requirement to become a black belt, and that grew on me. I started helping in two classes a week.”

After earning his second-degree black belt and then taking a break for two years to “be a teenager,” Smithers returned to Inspire when he was 15 years old to train and to help with summer camps.

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Chase Brookman, a senior instructor at Inspire, can attest to Smithers’ dedication to teaching at Inspire.

“He does everything around here,” says Brookman. “He writes all the lesson plans, so he organizes everything. And then on the mat time, it’s just fantastic. Watching him teach — I learn something new every time I watch him teach.”

For Brookman, it’s more than dedication and hard work that makes Smithers a special instructor.

“What stands out to me is his leadership abilities,” says Brookman. “I was standing up there and he wasn’t even directing the talks to me, but everything he said resonated with me.”

Smithers says his favorite part of being an instructor at Inspire is watching his students grow and learn.

“Just teaching in general,” says Smithers. “I like to watch students start as very shy to warm up into it and real nervous about what’s going to happen, and slowly just become more comfortable with it, and grow and become who they are. So the whole process of teaching someone from beginning to current.”

Yeung says what makes Smithers a great instructor is his compassion.

“He cares a lot about the kids,” she says. “That’s his first priority, making sure they get a good instruction. He cares about his instructors as well, making sure that they are happy and are teaching because they want to teach.”



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